New England Boiled Beef

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New England Boiled Beef

This is one of my husband’s favorite dinners.  The very first time he ever had it was at Brennan’s , in the French Quarter in New Orleans.  He simply fell in love with it.  He’s not very fond of cabbage, but absolutely loves it cook in a pot of beef stock like this.  Using grass-fed beef for this for the very first time tonight, made this the very best boiled beef dinner I have ever made!  I used a grass-fed beef chuck arm roast that was fairly small, about 2 lbs. total, with a small marrow bone in it.    The meat literally fell apart taking it out of the pot, it was so fork-tender.  No knife needed!  The wonderful stock, after our meal, was placed in jars and frozen for soups and other uses.  I don’t like to cook my vegetables to death in this boiled dinner, so I like to simmer my meat for an hour or two, until completely done, before adding the veggies.  The vegetables only simmer in the stock for about 20-30 minutes, just until tender, depending of course on how large I cut them up.  This way the veggies don’t disintegrate in the stock and lose their vibrant color.  AS it is nearly impossible to calculate the per serving counts for this as that will vary on the size of the meat portion and veggies, but I have attempted to do so basing it on a 5 oz. portion of meat and the specified portions of veggies.

Since the classic New England Boiled Beef vegetables are usually higher-carb veggies, it goes without saying that if cooked traditionally, with potatoes, this dish is fairly high in carbs.  You can cut the carbs by about 12 net carbs by skipping the 3 small potatoes listed and shown above, subbing in either daikon radish, turnips or rutabaga.  This dish (as written) is better saved for when you get closer to goal weight.   With the substitutions I mentioned for the potatoes, you can pull the carbs down considerably (they just aren’t the traditional vegetables in this classic New England recipe).  That said, it is a very nutritious dinner.  Just check out the stats below on this recipe!  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction, but OK for all other phases if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits.  It is definitely suitable for a Paleo-Primal lifestyle.

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2 lb. small beef chuck roast (should serve 5 people after bone removed)

2 T. olive oil

3 large 8″ carrots

1 large onion

3 small red potatoes (or rutabaga, daikon or turnips for lower carbs)

20 oz. green cabbage, cut in 5 wedges

10-12 black peppercorns

Sea salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS:   Heat olive oil over high heat in large stew pot.  If you wish to speed up cooking, I recommend cutting roast in half.  Brown meat well on all sides in the hot oil.  When well-browned, cover with water enough to cover 1″ above the meat.  When it comes to a boil, lower heat so that it is just simmering.  Add peppercorns, cover and cook low about 1-2 hours or until done and pretty tender.  While the meat is cooking, cut your veggies.  Cut the carrots into large 1-2″ pieces.  Cut the potatoes into halves.  Cut the onion into 5 wedges.  And finally, cut five 4 oz. wedges off your head of cabbage.   When the meat is done, place the carrots, potato, onion around the meat.  I like to lay the cabbage on top of everything, so it really steams and doesn’t overcook.  That way you can dip whole wedges of cabbage onto each plate for a nicer visual appeal.  If there is not enough stock to half cover all veggies, add a little more water to the pot.  Bring to a boil again, lower to a simmer, cover and cook about 20 minutes, just until potatoes and carrots are just done but not getting mushy.  Serve at once.  This is great served with your favorite low-carb rolls and butter. (these are my favorite dinner rolls)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings (5 oz. meat each).  Each serving contains:

377 calories

13.1 g  fat

30.0 g  carbs, 6.1 g  fiber, 23.9 g. NET CARBS (much lower with daikon, turnip or rutabaga subbed in for the red potatoes)

35.4 g  protein

162 mg sodium


7 comments on “New England Boiled Beef

      • I have heard that name, too, when I lived closer to New England. In the South, we often hear it called New England Boiled Beef. 🙂 But “A rose by any other name would smell (taste) as sweet”, as Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet. 🙂 I’ve never seen it served with boiled pork, however.


    • Very similar to your dish indeed. A little of the broth is usually spooned over this on the plate, but I didn’t think it would take as nice a photo, so I left it out of the pic. But I usually spoon some over mine, especially the meat and potato, for moisture.


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